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The Enigmatic Foe / Press

““There’s a part of me that I cannot face and it keeps me distant from others.” Talk about self-knowledge. This guys been doing some deep analysis. So, whatdyado with the knowledge? Write a song! Yep, and dance to it while “contemplating my place in life”. The coolest part of this song is that there are no easy, preachy answers. The conclusion is “I never get it right.””

“Jared Colinger’s Favourite Hallucination jumps back and forth between moods both sunny and brooding to create a quaint little sojourn for the listener across landscapes of summer days and looming grey twilight.”

“There’s a hole in everybody, Jared Colinger feels, that’s an engine for unhappiness. People stumble through life unaware that it exists, knowing only that on some level their lives seem unfulfilled, their nights oppressed by doubts and regrets, their hopes and dreams just a little bit out of reach.”

“Like Todd Fancey, Colinger’s EP comes with heavy tones of the 70’s—bubblegum pop summers, soft warbling melodies, airbrushed photographic musical interpretations. The 2006 project seems to have unearthed this side of Colinger who says, “I have a lot of pop sensibility to my music that I wasn’t aware of, and having Frank (Lenz) involved gave it a 70’s feel.””

“Jared Colinger was but a blip on the Central Oregon music scene in 2007. He moved to the region from Tennessee to work with Redmond-based indie label Allalom Music, played only a couple shows (in living rooms, no less), and moved (along with Allalom) to Arizona in the last several weeks. To top it off, he officially released no music while he was here. But pre-release copies of this outstanding EP are available for purchase from his Web site, and this stuff is so great, we’re counting it. Colinger is basically a purveyor of bedroom pop that rocks ever so gently, worming its way into your head with warm, rich, and instantly familiar melodies. Honestly, the five songs on this CD are as good as any pop-rock made in 2007. The question is whether Colinger is motivated enough to capitalize on his talent. A recent blog post on his MySpace suggests the answer may be “no,” but here’s hoping he finds his muse again. Music like this deserves to be heard.”